Authorities say a key member of a years-long oxycodone scam that amassed 80,000 pills through hundreds of fake prescriptions was sentenced Tuesday to more than eight years in federal prison.
Brian Page, 43, of Guilford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone in 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
Federal investigators began probing the extensive prescription opioid scheme operating in the New Haven area in 2012, officials said.
They learned that David Thompson, who went by “Super Dave,” led the organization that was gathering the information of medical practioners and using that to create fake prescriptions, officials said.
This group then used runners to fill the prescriptions at pharmacies across Connecticut. The personal information of the runner was kept on file and used to create more fake prescriptions, authorities said.
Throughout their investigation, authorities discovered that Page was recruited by Thompson and began using a program on his computer to create prescriptions that looked real, officials said.
In turn, authorities say, Page then recruited his own network of runners to fill the prescriptions he created.
In a three-year period, investigators say the organization stole the information of more than 50 doctors and used that to collect more than 80,000 oxyoconde pills fraudulently.
All told, the group filled more than 800 fake prescriptions and later sold the bills for $20 to 30, while the cost of the prescriptions were largely covered by medical insurance.
Page was one of 12 people charged in this scheme, authorities said.
Thompson, the reported head of the organization, was sentenced in July tro 14 years in prison.